FREE 20-MINUTE PHONE CONSULTATION: Your initial contact with Dr. Ambardar will be via a 20-minute phone conversation where Dr. Ambardar will answer any questions you may have about her services and will help you to determine if The Happiness Psychiatrist services are right for you. If for any reason Dr. Ambardar feels that you would be better served by one of her colleagues, she will gladly facilitate a referral.
INITIAL 75-MINUTE COMPREHENSIVE MEDICAL AND PSYCHIATRIC EVALUATION: This is the first office visit you will have with Dr. Ambardar in which she will review your full medical, psychiatric, psychosocial, and family history. An accurate medical history is important to obtain at this first visit because certain conditions such as hypo/hyperthyroidism, diabetes, hypertension, Alzheimer’s disease, and anemia (among many others), can present with psychiatric symptoms. Prior to this visit, please remember to complete and fax back the New Patient Evaluation Form so that we will be able to make the best use of our time. During this session, your reason(s) for seeking treatment will be discussed in depth and a full treatment plan (including medications and/or psychotherapy if needed) will be prescribed. Fee: $375
30-MINUTE MEDICATION MANAGEMENT FOLLOW-UP SESSION: This is a follow-up session tailored specifically to any medication management issues you may have. Your mood symptoms and psychopharmacologic treatment plan will be discussed thoroughly, any appropriate changes to your medication regimen will be made, and supportive psychotherapy will be performed. Dr. Ambardar is also regularly available to her patients by phone or e-mail for any follow-up questions regarding medication changes. Fee: $175
60-MINUTE MEDICATION MANAGEMENT + PSYCHOTHERAPY SESSION: During this dual-purpose, customized follow-up session, we will adjust and alter your medication regimen as needed, as well as engage in intensive psychotherapy. Dr. Ambardar’s general treatment principle regarding psychotropic medications is to use the lowest effective dose of medication that successfully alleviates your mood symptoms. Regarding psychotherapy, specific treatment modalities used during sessions include psychodynamic or insight-oriented therapy, solution-focused therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy, and journal therapy. Fee: $325
60-MINUTE WALKING PSYCHOTHERAPY SESSION: Walking Psychotherapy is a unique and highly-beneficial addition to the therapist’s arsenal and The Happiness Psychiatrist is proud to be one of the few places in Southern California to offer it to our clients. (see FAQs for more information). During this session, Dr. Ambardar will meet you at a peaceful park or other location of your choice for a leisurely, relaxing, and highly therapeutic stroll. During our walk, we will engage in intensive talk therapy using the same psychotherapeutic techniques we employ at our regular office location. Lunch time and after-work appointments available. Fee: $315
60-MINUTE MEDITATION + PSYCHOTHERAPY SESSION: This session is tailored specifically to those who would like to incorporate meditation and/or Kundalini Yoga (see FAQs) into their daily or weekly mindfulness practices. Mindfulness-meditation is a highly effective tool for dealing with a multitude of mood disorders and Dr. Ambardar recommends it frequently to all of her patients, regardless of their specific condition. We will spend a portion of this session in actual meditation, incorporating elements of Kundalini Yoga if desired; the remainder of the session will consist of regular psychotherapy. Fee: $300
60-MINUTE PSYCHOTHERAPY SESSION ONLY: During this session, we will address any issues or problems you may be having in your life using an eclectic blend of psychotherapeutic modalities including psychodynamic or insight-oriented therapy, solution-focused therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy, and journal therapy. Our goal is for you to leave each session feeling lighter, brighter, and more supported in your journey, having gained valuable insights into your behavior or a new way of looking at the world. Fee: $300
60-MINUTE PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY SECOND OPINION and IN-DEPTH REEVALUATION: This session is specifically for patients who are currently seeing another mental health professional but would like a second opinion or complete reevaluation of their medication regimen. Your current medication regimen will be discussed in detail as well as your present mood symptoms and specific reasons for seeking reevaluation. All changes or adjustments in medication deemed appropriate will be made. Fee: $350
PAYMENT POLICY: Please note that in order to provide you with the highest-quality personalized service and to ensure the full confidentiality of your medical records, Dr. Ambardar does not contract with any insurance providers. All services are paid for in full by the client at the beginning of each session via credit card, cash, or check. If requested, Dr. Ambardar will be happy to provide you with a reimbursement form or “superbill” which you can present to your insurance provider in order to seek partial reimbursement for psychiatric or psychotherapeutic services rendered.
If you plan to use your insurance benefits, it is in your best interest to check with your insurance provider prior to your first appointment in order to understand the full details of your out-of-network mental health benefits. Dr. Ambardar is considered an “out-of-network” provider for those with PPO insurance plans. These plans vary widely and typically reimburse patients anywhere from 20% to 90% of the total cost of each of our sessions. You may want to ask your insurance carrier to what extent they reimburse for the following psychiatric services rendered by an out-of-network doctor:
- 90792 (interactive initial psychiatric evaluation)
- 90833 (30 minute psychotherapy and medication management session)
- 90837 (60 minute individual psychotherapy)
- 90838 (60 minute psychotherapy and medication management session)
If you have any further questions about our payment policy, please feel free to contact our office directly at DrAmbardar@happinesspsychiatrist.com or call (424) 666-8058.